Purchasing a membership
How can I join or renew?There are four ways to join or renew:
- Go online
- Call 415.581.3740
Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM
- Stop by the Member Desk at the museum
Museum hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM
- Mail a check made payable to “Asian Art Museum Foundation”
Asian Art Museum
200 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
How long is a membership valid?A membership is valid for one year.
Who is eligible for discounted memberships?We offer discounted memberships for Teachers ($50), Students ($50), and those who live Out of Region, meaning 200 miles outside of the San Francisco Bay Area ($60). We also have three senior (65+) member rates: Senior Member ($69), Senior Member Plus ($89), and Senior Member Premium ($119). Visit our member page to view benefits for each level.
How do I upgrade to a higher member level?You can increase your membership support any time by contacting the Membership team during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM) at 415.581.3740 or stopping by our Member Desk during museum hours (Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM). If you pay the full amount of the higher level, we will add 12 months to your current membership and immediately upgrade your member benefits. You may also pay the difference for the higher member level and keep your current membership expiration date.
Do you offer family memberships?Yes, we offer our Rhino Club, a special membership just for kids! You can add Rhino Club to any membership level for $50 ($35 is tax deductible). With the Rhino Club add-on, all children in the family under the age of 18 are able to enter the museum for free. View our Rhino Club page for more details.
I would like to buy a gift membership for someone. How can I do this?An Asian Art Museum membership is the gift that keeps giving all year long! You can purchase a gift membership online by selecting the member level and clicking the “Give this membership as a gift” link. You can also call the Membership team at 415.581.3740 or stop by our Member Desk. Your gift recipient will receive a special gift packet in the mail within 2–3 weeks.
How long will it take for my membership materials to arrive in the mail? Can I still visit the museum without my card?You will receive your new member card/s and tax acknowledgment letter in the mail within 2–3 weeks from the day of purchase. However, please note that during very busy times, like during the holidays or before a special exhibition opens, it may take longer. If you come to the museum before you receive your member card, check in at the Member Desk and present a photo ID, and you will be issued a temporary member card.
How many member cards should I have?Members ($89), Senior Members ($69), Out of Region members ($60), Students ($50), and Teachers ($50) receive one member card. All other membership levels come with two member cards.
How many admissions do I get with my membership? What about for member receptions and events?Members ($89), Senior Members ($69), Out of Region members ($60), Students ($50), and Teachers ($50) receive two free admissions per visit (the cardholder and one guest).
Members Plus ($119), Senior Members Plus ($89), Members Premium ($179), Senior Members Premium ($135), and Friends ($500) receive up to four free admissions per visit (the cardholder and up to three guests, or two cardholders and one guest each).
Patrons ($1,000) receive up to six free admissions per visit (the cardholder and up to five guests or two cardholders and two guests each).
For member receptions and events, admission is limited to two people, regardless of one's member level. Please check your invitation for additional event details.
Can I give my member cards to family and friends to use at the museum?Member cards are nontransferable. The member cardholder must be present in order for the member guest to receive free admission.
What happens if I lose my member card?You can request a one-time replacement member card at no charge. Call 415.581.3740, email email@example.com, or visit us at the Member Desk to request a new card. Please let us know if you need one or both member cards replaced.
What are the basic benefits of membership?All members enjoy these core benefits:
- Unlimited, free admission
- Free tickets for all special exhibitions
- Members-only line for quick and easy entry
- Private Preview Days before exhibitions open to the public
- Members’ morning viewing hours
- Invites to monthly Tour, Talk & Tea
- Free tickets to the annual Opening Party
- Subscription to Asian, the members’ magazine
- 10% discount at the Museum Store (20% during Member Appreciation Days)
- Free or discounted multimedia tours
- An unlimited number of guests during Thanksgiving week